rainn.png
Friday May 27th, 2022 1:32AM

Sheriff: Alabama inmate, jailer were prepared for a shootout

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A murder suspect and the jailer who helped him escape from an Alabama lockup were carrying $29,000 in cash, four handguns and an AR-15 rifle and were prepared for a shootout when they were captured, an Indiana sheriff said Tuesday.

Authorities caught up with the pair Monday, more than a week after the breakout and nearly 300 miles (480 kilometers) away, and rammed their car into a ditch after a brief chase. Escaped inmate Casey White, 38, surrendered, while jail official Vicky White, 56, was found with a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at a hospital, officials said.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear said in an email to The Associated Press that an autopsy was completed on White. The manner of death has been ruled a suicide.

The end of the manhunt left authorities trying to piece together what happened during the 11 days that elapsed after Vicky White escorted Casey White from a Florence, Alabama, jail for what she falsely claimed was a mental health evaluation.

The inmate and Vicky White appeared to have had a “jailhouse romance,” Alabama authorities said last week. They were not related.

As for her role in the escape, the sheriff said: “He was not forcing her. It was a mutual relationship.”

At the time of the breakout, Casey White was serving a 75-year prison sentence for attempted murder and other offenses and was awaiting trial on charges of stabbing a woman to death during a 2015 burglary. If convicted, he could get the death penalty.

Investigators believe the pair spent about six days holed up at a motel in Evansville. Authorities discovered wigs intended to hide their identities. Wedding said investigators do not believe the two had relatives or other contacts in the city of 120,000.

“They thought they’d driven long enough. They wanted to stop for a while, get their bearings straight and then figure out the next place to travel,” the sheriff said.

Authorities closed in on them after the manager of a car wash reported that a man closely resembling the 6-foot-9, 260-pound Casey White had been recorded by a surveillance camera getting out of a pickup truck.

Investigators said they located the pickup, then learned that the pair may have switched to a Cadillac, which was then spotted outside a motel nearby. When the couple left the motel, police chased them down, authorities said.

Casey White told investigators after his capture that "he was probably going to have a shootout at the stake of both of them losing their lives,” the sheriff said.

The inmate appeared by video Tuesday in an Indiana courtroom, where he waived extradition.

White was brought back to the courthouse in Lauderdale County, Alabama, by police late Tuesday. Video showed him ignoring questions shouted by journalists.

An attorney representing White in the murder case, Jamy Poss, declined to comment.

Vicky White, assistant director of corrections at the Lauderdale County jail, had put in for retirement ahead of the escape, and the day of the breakout, April 29, was her last day of work.

A woman who worked with her for 16 years could barely speak through tears Tuesday.

“I know she did wrong and made a terrible mistake, but she’s still your friend,” longtime jail employee Sherry Sylvester said.

She said that White often tried to help prisoners, particularly ones without family. But Sylvester said she never saw White do anything that crossed the line: “She did everything by the book.”

Connie Moore, Casey White's mother, said she last spoke with him by phone the day before the escape. She said her son may not have known what was about to happen.

“Everything was just as normal as it could be. I doubt he even knew he was leaving when she came in there to get him,” Moore said.

A warrant was issued on May 2 for Vicky White charging her with permitting or facilitating escape. Authorities said the plan appeared to have been in the works for some time. She sold her house for about half its market value and bought an SUV that she stashed at a shopping center without license plates.

___

Reeves reported from Florence, Alabama. Associated Press writer Rick Callahan contributed from Indianapolis.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, Top General short headlines
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Sheriff: Alabama inmate, jailer were prepared for a shootout
An Indiana sheriff says the Alabama murder suspect and jailer who evaded authorities for more than a week were heavily armed and preparing for a shootout when they were captured
12:34PM ( 9 minutes ago )
Alabama inmate who escaped jail waives extradition
An Alabama inmate who escaped jail more than a week ago with the help of a jail official has waived extradition and will be returned to Alabama to face justice
12:20PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Trump's clout factors into US House races in W.Va., Nebraska
Roads, bridges and ex-President Donald Trump are on West Virginia and Nebraska voters’ minds as they choose candidates in primary elections for Congress
12:13PM ( 30 minutes ago )
U.S. News
Q&A: Philanthropy Together CEO talks TED and giving circles
Sara Lomelin offered the final TED Talk of this year’s conference, on a particularly star-studded day in Vancouver where she followed actress Bryce Dallas Howard, TV producer Michael Schur, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk talking about the future of his company and his plans for Twitter
12:31PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Mexico president threatens to skip Americas Summit
Mexico’s president says he won't attend next month’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles if the Biden administration excludes Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua
12:18PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Russia pummels vital port of Odesa, targeting supply lines
Ukrainian officials say Russian missiles pummeled the vital port of Odesa, apparently as part of efforts to disrupt supply lines and weapons shipments critical to Kyiv’s defense
12:14PM ( 30 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Russia pounds vital port of Odesa, targeting supply lines
Ukrainian officials say Russian troops are pounding away at the vital port of Odesa, apparently as part of efforts to disrupt the supply lines and weapons shipments that have been critical to Kyiv’s defense
10:55AM ( 1 hour ago )
Atlanta rapper Young Thug arrested on RICO, gang charges
The rapper Young Thug is in Atlanta's Fulton County Jail, accused of co-founding a criminal street gang
10:52AM ( 1 hour ago )
Tom Brady to join Fox Sports when playing career ends
Tom Brady will join Fox Sports as a football announcer when his playing career ends
10:34AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP National News
Bodies found in Lake Mead renew interest in Vegas mob lore
Las Vegas is being flooded with lore about organized crime after a second set of human remains emerged within a week from the depths of Lake Mead
1:42AM ( 11 hours ago )
Bodies surfacing in Lake Mead recall mob's time in Las Vegas
Lake Mead is receding and Sin City is awash with mob lore after a second set of human remains emerged within a week from the depths of the drought-stricken Colorado River reservoir just a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip
1:02AM ( 11 hours ago )
2022 midterms: What to watch in Nebraska, West Virginia
The top race in Tuesday’s primary elections in Nebraska and West Virginia is a heavily contested Republican primary for Nebraska governor
12:13AM ( 12 hours ago )
Top U.S. News short headlines
Alabama inmate who escaped jail waives extradition
An Alabama inmate who escaped jail more than a week ago with the help of a jail official has waived extradition and will be returned to Alabama to face justice
12:20PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Trump's clout factors into US House races in W.Va., Nebraska
Roads, bridges and ex-President Donald Trump are on West Virginia and Nebraska voters’ minds as they choose candidates in primary elections for Congress
12:13PM ( 30 minutes ago )
Pandemic gets tougher to track as COVID testing plunges
Testing for COVID-19 has plummeted globally, making it tougher for scientists to track the course of the pandemic and spot worrisome viral mutants as they emerge and spread
12:09PM ( 35 minutes ago )
Election 2022: Groping claims roil Nebraska governor primary
Nebraska Republicans are set to nominate a candidate for governor in a primary race that's turned bitter
11:38AM ( 1 hour ago )
Alabama jailbreak mystery deepens as manhunt ends with death
The death of an Alabama jailer found shot in the head with a gun in her hand after a weeklong manhunt has only deepened a mystery: Why would a trusted official help free a hulking murder suspect with a violent and frightening history
10:10AM ( 2 hours ago )